Friday, January 13, 2012

Awesome Elizabeth Reyes~! Author of The Moreno Brothers Series...



For funsies: 10 things about Elizabeth Reyes

1. I'm considerably tall for a woman about 5'9 and I love wearing HIGH heels. Though I don't so much lately. But I used to do the Valerie thing when I was younger BIG shoes! Good thing my husband is 6'3. =)

2. I chew my nails. *sigh* a habit I've sadly never been able to break out of.

3. I love to sing. Yep karaoke is a good friend of mine.
 

4 . Like in so many of my stories I married my first love. And we're still together after almost 18 years.
Unlike most of my stories we've NEVER broken up. Not even for a day. And yes ladies he is an alpha through and through.  =)

5. My first job was a cashier at Kmart.  My first
 real (and by real I mean I was counting on it to pay the bills) 411 operator for the phone company. "What city please?" lol

6. I own and love Great Danes. And yes Diesel was the name of my first one. He's passed now =( but now we have Dexter.

7. In case none of you have guessed it by now.  I have quite the potty mouth. Writing Manny and Max's and Romero's dialogue was much easier for me than you guys would imagine. In fact toning down the language in my books is actually harder for me. =/

8. I LOVE the holidays! And I mean LOOOOVE the baking, cooking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, playing the songs, choosing the perfect tree you name it. I'm always a little down in January every year when it's all over. =(

9. You may have noticed my characters are always grubbing. (just wait for MYM!) That's because I
 love to cook. Most of the dishes mentioned in my books are some of my specialties. =)

10.  I'm a tree nerd. BIG time. I have a half acre backyard and I love spending time out there planting more and more trees. =)



Chatting with Eli!




Elizabeth, I was absolutely taken with your mature young adult series, The Moreno Brothers!It's fairly common knowledge now for anyone that follows my reviews/blog that I'm a lover of non-homogenized YA Lit. You really fit the bill there, from content to dialogue. To what do you attribute your realistic portrayal of today’s young adults? How were you able to approximate that contemporary edge that makes your work read “real?”
Two things. I started writing Forever Mine when I was a young adult. And even though I didn't get around to finishing it until I was much older by the time I rewrote it I was raising young adults. A lot of the realness I attribute back to the early years of my relationship with my husband. Many times I was the only girl among a group of  wise cracking guys since he was one of the first in his group of friends to get involved in a serious relationships.       


Where did you get your idea for Forever Mine ? Do you have a plan to take the series beyond the upcoming fifth book, Sal (the oldest Moreno brother)? As I mentioned when I started this I was a young adult myself. Tenth grade to be exact. And there was actually three hot popular brothers who attended my high school. They were well liked by everyone so when I started writing I decided that would be a good premise three popular brothers. Since they were older I was able to relate best with the youngest so that's who I focused on.

I'm getting your second question a lot. Yes there will be more in the form of spin offs. But first I'm going to take a break away from the Morenos to write a couple of stories that have been in my head all this time just begging to be written.        


What type/style of a writer are you? Seat-of-Your Pants? Outline  Queen? Master Plotter? What's your typical writing day look like? I'm usually a seat-of-my pants type of writer but with these two that I am currently writing I actually did the outline thing. First time for me and I think it's because the stories have been on the back burner so long they've virtually written themselves in their entirety in my head I had to get all the important points down before I forgot them.

Wow what's typical? For the most part when I wake up resigned to do write I put an hour or so into returning emails responding to comments and questions on my blog and fan page and other websites then I "shut it down." I do what me and my writing fellows refer to as "retreating into our caves." on a good day that could be anywhere from 4-8 hours of non-stop writing.   


Did you model any characters after real-life people? Is there a character that resonates with you? None of my characters are modeled after one person in my life rather than all are modeled after certain personality traits of many different people in my life or who I've met along the way even ex-corkers. I mesh all these traits together and create one brand new character.  


What is your hope for readers to experience by reading your novel? My hope is that they experience what I love to experience when reading something good. Escapism. Getting away from the real world even if it's only for a few hours and living the story. Riding the roller coaster along with the characters, laughing out loud then getting choked up and finally the warm fuzzies. 


Is there a playlist that you listen to that inspires you while you're writing? No. I think I'm the minority because I've heard many say they do listen to music when they write. But I need absolute silence. Just like when I read I completely escape into the world I'm writing.  


Is there a certain genre you read [in] exclusively? No. Obviously romance is by far my favorite but I can pretty much escape into good story. Once I'm sucked in it doesn't matter what genre I'm reading.


Are you a DTB (Dead Tree Book) reader, or do you use a dedicated reader? What do you predict for the future of these two formats? I just got my kindle fire for my birthday this past November and I gotta say I love it. Before that I was reading on my phone. Honestly I think DTB books will be become rare but I don't believe they will ever go away. Even now there are people that love a book so much on their ereader they will want to own it on paperback. I don't know there's something about flipping pages.      

What are a few things the reader can expect from subsequent installments? Lots of drama and few surprises. Revelations if you will that might surprise a few while others might say I knew it! lol

How has your experience as an author been different from what you expected?
No not at all. I think most writers with aspirations of having their work published and others read it never take into account everything that that really comes with this career. While on the one hand you are doing what you love for a living and you get to interact with wonderful readers who enjoyed your work, on the other hand reviews will always be a part of your life—good and bad. You pour your blood sweat and tears into something for hours and hours. Create characters that you spend more time with than your own family sometimes. Fall in love with them and the story, then you put it all out there for the world to judge. And while you have to remind yourself everyone is entitled to their own opinion it’s a tough pill to swallow when you get a particularly harsh critique. But alas it comes with the territory and at the end of the day I have to be grateful that I am living my dream.            


Lastly, After having read books one & two, I appreciate your take on the alpha male and wonder if after the Moreno Series, their may be another work that you'd like to write? A series that may be a departure from what you've already written? As a fan, I am hoping that whatever male you write about will be an alpha. Wow... you know what you're doing there! The readers thank you! Thank you! I do have a YA paranormal romance I started a while back and put on the back burner when I decided to go forward and write the MB series. I’ve since had many other stories including my upcoming series come to me that I just have to write but I do hope to eventually get it written. With a paranormal the possibilities are endless with the type of chest pounding, rip-roaring alpha I could write, especially if he’s not entirely human. =)     



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Forever Mine (Book #1)

Mature YA - Aprx 87k words


Seventeen-year old Sarah’s life is turned upside down when her single mom is sent to jail. She’s forced to move, leaving behind everything she’s ever known, including her best friend Sydney. Lost and bitter in a new school, her one goal is to save money and move back home. Then she meets Angel Moreno. 



Enigmatic but gorgeous, Angel is almost too good to be true. Except for one thing, his archaic belief that guys and girls can never be “just friends”. The problem? Sarah’s best friend Sydney is not a girl. 


With their unexpected romance intensifying to places neither ever experienced, how long can Sarah keep Angel in the dark about the guy waiting for her back home.


Always Been Mine (Book #2)

  

Adult Contemporary - Aprx 98k words



After one heartache too many, Valerie Zuniga vows to never let Alex Moreno hurt her again. A year later, she is forced to reunite with him at a party where one unexpected sizzling kiss tells her she’s far from over him. No way will she allow herself to get sucked back into that torment. She’ll resist him even if that means using the one thing that’ll stop Alex dead in his tracks: another man. 


Alex is coming off one of the worst years of his life. He spent so much time wallowing in self-pity, he never realized how much he’d missed Valerie. That is, until that kiss. Now, he’s determined to get her back one way or another, and no other man will stand in his way. Especially after discovering that Valerie may be in danger, a danger he blames himself.
Sweet Sofie (Book #3) 


Mature YA - Aprx 58k words 


Her entire life, Sofia Moreno has dealt with overprotective brothers. With her three older brothers always lurking, no boy would dare reach out to her. Luckily for Sofia, the one boy she's got her heart set on has always been within reach: her brother's best friend Eric, even though his loyalty to her brothers runs deep. Sofia knows there is only so much he can do before giving in to her.



Two years older than her, Eric Diego has always known there would be hell to pay if he messed with his best friend's kid sister, Sofia. Through the years, he watches as she blooms into a beautiful young lady right before his eyes. With teenage hormones raging and Sofia more than willing, Eric agrees to the unthinkable: a forbidden secret romance. Feeling emotions and a feverish passion that's new to them both, neither is ready for how quickly their romance spins out of control.

Romero (Book #4) 



Adult Contemporary - Aprx 89k words


Prim and proper middle school teacher Isabel Montenegro always runs the opposite direction from men like Ramon Romero. A foul-mouthed, uneducated, loose cannon has no place in her careful plans. But instead of running away, Isabel is completely captivated. The intensity of his nature, while a bit daunting, mesmerizes her in ways she can’t begin to understand. She’s unwilling to walk away—even when her instincts are screaming at her to run.



Romero has no idea what he's getting himself into when he first kisses Isabel. Shocked at the passion she invokes in him, he believes he can keep his usual short fuse under wraps. Falling fast and hard for someone so flawlessly sweet only makes him more aware that he’s far from perfect. If she is ever witness to his biggest imperfection, he’s sure she’ll bail. But when her meddling sister does the worst thing imaginable—bring other men between him and his Izzy—that fuse is lit and all bets are off. 


Making You Mine (Book #5)

Always in control, the meticulous and professional Salvador Moreno is thrown for a loop when the newly hired bartender Grace Zendejas suddenly invades his family’s restaurant, and infuriatingly, his every thought. For the first time in his life, Sal is fumbling. But after recovering from a few blunders he discovers his feelings for Grace run much deeper.

Things begin to heat up between him and Grace, but then the ever-perfect Sal does something even his brothers never did—screws up royally. Now he’s scrambling to cover up a mistake he knows could cost him dearly. As his relationship with Grace grows even more serious, Sal's secret is a ticking bomb, threatening to destroy the one thing he now lives and breathes for—his relationship with the love of his life—Grace.





About The Author:


I was born and raised and continue to live in sunny southern California. I'm married and have two wonderful teens. My love for writing began when I was just a kid though, I never really had any dreams or aspirations of doing it for a living. Then along came the age of eReaders and I saw an opportunity to get my writing out for the world to read without jumping through hoops and getting past the red tape of trying to get traditionally published. The Moreno Brothers series has literally changed my life. I now wake up to go to work a few yards from my bed. 

Forever Mine is the first in the series and is currently still free on Amazon but I anticipate that changing real soon. Always Been Mine is the second in the series, then Sweet Sofie and recently released Romero is the fourth. Making You Mine is the fifth in the series and will be available tentatively this December 2011. I already have another series in mind that will immediately follow this one. (No I won't be taking any vacations from writing!) I will have more info sneak and peeks of that series which will be out in 2012. But I have so many other stories screaming to be told I only wish I could write faster!


I love hearing from my readers and try to always respond as soon as I can, so feel free to reach out!






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